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[tahym-kee-per] /ˈtaɪmˌki pər/
a person or thing that keeps time.
an official appointed to time, regulate, and record the duration of a sports contest or its component parts, as to give the official time of a race, assure that a round of boxing is ended exactly on time, or announce to football, basketball, hockey, etc., teams the amount of time left to play.
a timepiece:
This watch is a good timekeeper.
a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
a person who beats time in music.
Origin of timekeeper
First recorded in 1680-90; time + keeper
Related forms
timekeeping, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Henceforth, as formerly, the sun will suffice him for a timekeeper.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Lum will be timekeeper and referee to make them break away when they clinch.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
  • Bangs said I could be a timekeeper, at fifteen dollars per week.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • “There are only five minutes more of play,” said Tom, who heard that from the timekeeper.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • A clerk from the timekeeper's office shoved in, taking his place.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
  • Possibly inferior to the chronometer escapement as a timekeeper.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • Hes a timekeeper, and is getting only about $75 a month, answered Bill.

  • In this timekeeper you recognize the beginnings of the modern watch.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • The clerk, who was also timekeeper, exhibited the latter rather grudgingly.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • There were two umpires, a referee, a timekeeper, and two seconds for each dog.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
British Dictionary definitions for timekeeper


a person or thing that keeps or records time
an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
a device for indicating time; timepiece
an employee with respect to his or her record of punctuality: a good timekeeper
Derived Forms
timekeeping, noun
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